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cultures. >> simultaneously being part of two cultures. >> and being a mandolin virtuoso, steve martin sent you a tweet. congratulations to chris thile, mandolin player extraordinaire and musical innovator. >> that's amazing. >> why the mandolin for you? >> when i was 2 years old, i saw a man playing a mandolin in a place called that pizza place. it was small and high pitched and so was i. i loved the rhythmic precision of it. it's a stringed instrument that has a lot of responsibility. it kind of -- >> oh, yeah. listen. >> sell it, thile, sell it. >> will it change your life? >> yeah, it gives you -- it's sort of like someone cutting the little leash around your ankle. it gives you an enormous amount of time and room. it really is like -- i told a friend of mine, it's like finding an extra bedroom to your apartment. >> you're still teaching at m.i.t. >> yeah, i need that reassurance. >> and you? >> it's going to give me the opportunity to say no a little bit more often. i can just sit on my couch and play and think and write. >> congratulations. thank you for joining us. >>> the special te
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